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Wednesday, September 12, 2007


It's MadiLIM* under LIM.

Okay. It's confirmed. It's pretty much a state of calamity over in Malate. Not only did I drive by Roxas Boulevard last night and NOT SEE A SINGLE streetlamp working on the side closest to the sea (above photo taken in front of Aristocrat and Plaza Sulayman at 8:30pm), but the crosslight was also defunct causing pedestrians to wait at least twenty minutes for a free space to RUN across the street to the promenade. There isn't even a real sidewalk on the side closest to the buildings! Mayor Lim, How do you expect pedestrians to get around??? Fly? Not everyone owns a bloody car you know.

And you know what else happened? In the darkness of it all, the spare tire was stolen from the back of my sister's Honda CRV as it was parked on the street! It was screwed right off it's placement on the rear door. And it was parked on the side nearest the fountain on the corner of MH del Pilar! Under streetlamps!

This never happened to me in the freaking two years I've been living in Malate under Atienza.

MAYOR LIM!!! What the HELL!!!!???? You said crime was your priority. This totally proves otherwise. Lame f***ing duck. Retire already and find someone more energetic to get the job done. I am so not feeling you, you f***ing old goat. I'm serious. If I see you, I'll spit on you. Your hundred days are up. Get your act together NOW or go home.


OH. And furthermore, what the hell is the deal with your idea of reviving the plans of converting Bonifacio Drive into a business district? Why the hell are you trying to resurrect a plan that was shelved almost ten years ago? The needs, the profile, and population of downtown Manila has definitely changed since then and your crappy model (which I remember seeing during Atienza's time) is totally obsolete. AND WHY CREATE A NEW BUSINESS DISTRICT when downtown Manila already has one? That's what Binondo, Santa Cruz, Malate and Ermita were last I heard. Why don't you fix up those areas first? It's really easy. All you need to do is this: a) fix and create sidewalks all over the downtown areas and upgrade all infrastructure. b) Regulate jeepneys and remove smoke belching ones c) Control the proliferation of uncollected garbage, psychologically damaged street vagrants, and squatters. Just do these three things and business will return in no time at all. Trust me. The private sector provide the fancy stuff (i.e. better telecommunications systems, internet connectibility, the conversion of heritage office buildings to call centers) if you just keep the public domain in good shape. Call centers like investing in places where it's safe at night. Don't you get it?

Oh and advocating birth control accessibility to the poor won't hurt either.

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Blogger john marzan said...

Okay. It's confirmed. It's pretty much a state of calamity over in Malate. Not only did I drive by Roxas Boulevard last night and NOT SEE A SINGLE streetlamp working on the side closest to the sea

jones bridge near escolta is also not as well lit as it used to be.

(pero siguro nagtitipid lang ng kuryente si meyor lim.)

8:36 PM  
Blogger Bino/Geno said...

Yes. That old hag is fucking stupid.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Metropulis said...

Have you tried talking to Mr.Lim? Is there a way for us to get our message accross? He needs to be enlightened.

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just last night, I saw him on the news alongside with erap during the verdict. Maybe he's busy sympathizing with erap. He should be next...

4:20 AM  
Blogger carlosceldran said...

I have been texting his pr girl Liz Carreon. Let him know what I think. But Lim seems to be the kind of guy who listens to nobody but himself.

I've been trying. Lord knows I have been trying.

6:58 AM  
Blogger pusa said...

hi carlos, its not only happening at roxas boulevard... even the beautiful lamps along the mac arthur, and jones bridges are madilim na rin

1:15 PM  
Blogger Aileen said...

hi carlos! i've been wondering when you'll scream your outrage at what Mayor Lim is doing to the Manila you so love. i guess your patience finally ran out.

thanks for expressing the sentiments of most of us who miss the manila of not so long ago. it seems like a totally different place now.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi carlos! although i do not know you, from time to time i check your blog. i like to read about manila, and the philippines in general, despite the fact that i have not lived there for over 25 years. i admire your "spunk". we need to have more people like you who will stand for what they believe in.

8:27 PM  
Blogger spanx said...

hi carlos!

thanks for greenlighting the "reprint".

it's up on my blog already.

we're living in the dark ages of our beloved city......

11:38 PM  
Anonymous rowenajks said...

I last visited Manila in 2005-Roxas Blvd was pretty well lit....tons of light...and clean...nasurprise nga ako...sorry to hear that the new mayor is not doing the right thing.

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should invite mayor kupalim to one of your tours para ma enlighten naman cia sa mga pinagagawa nya.Pinapangit nya ang Maynila.

12:43 PM  
Blogger hedbeats said...

I wonder what Lim supporters have to say about all this. How would those who were rabidly lauding the removal of Baywalk establishments and the reopening of Carriedo to traffic justify and so creatively find anything praiseworthy in anything Lim has done since June 30? Alam nyo, sobra na talaga eh. Binigyan na sya ng pagkakataon tapos puro pangbababoy lang at PAGPAPABAYA ang ginawa nya (so far). Ang dumi ng Malate, tipak na ang mga sidewalk, madilim/madumi/delikado na ulit ang Baywalk. Ano ba plano nitong taong ito? Tatlong taon lang ang termino nya. Uubusin nya ba yung panahon sa pagtatanggal at pagbubura ng mga ginawa ng pinalitan nyang administrasyon? Geezer!!!!!!

9:47 PM  
Blogger travelphilippines said...

i hope that whitehead will be able to read this post.

12:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Carlos,

I'm from Manila and I have to agree with your comments...Mayor Lim is just undoing what Atienza has done. So far, the only thing I support Lim on is the opening of Carriedo to traffic. Since I've been passing by Recto everyday, traffic now is better than when it was open only to pedestrians.

Another thing about Lim, is that I see him often on TV ranting about a lot of stuff and yes, 'nakiki-epal' during the Erap verdict. I think he has been on TV more in 100 days than Atienza has in 9 years. (ok that was an exaggeration, but you get the picture)

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Carlos,

I've read in Ivan Henares' blog that he was assured that Mayor Lim has a plan for Baywalk, though he did not mention what it is.

11:46 AM  

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